Nutrition Pet Diet Tips The Never-Ending Controversy – Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken?

The Never-Ending Controversy – Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken?

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Many dog owners are jumping on the bandwagon of raw food diets for dogs. However, the topic of feeding your dog raw food is still widely controversial. The discussion doesn’t seem close to being resolved.

With that in mind, you may be wondering whether your dog can eat raw chicken.

We’re trying to present an objective look on this long-lasting debate and evaluate the benefits and dangers of raw chicken for dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken?

There is no one definitive answer to this question. But, in general, most dogs can eat raw chicken and digest it without any issues. However, there remain potential issues when feeding your dog raw chicken.

Certain health benefits from eating raw chicken have also been established. Domestic dogs are descendants from wolves and wild dogs, eating raw meat is in their DNA. Additionally, dogs have a different digestive system than humans, assisting raw meat digestion.

For example, a dog’s stomach contains a highly acidic chamber equipped with powerful gut bacteria and various enzymes. This can help in the fight against any potentially harmful bacteria. In addition to this, dogs have a much shorter digestive system than humans. This allows the food to pass through their digestive tract quickly before harmful bacteria can cause serious damage.

So, it is safe to say that the question for all pet owners shouldn’t be can dogs eat raw chicken but rather should raw chicken meat end up in your dog’s food bowl?

Why Is Raw Chicken Bad for Dogs?

Although dogs can eat raw chicken, many experts agree that this may not be the best idea. Raw chicken is more susceptible to harmful bacteria than most other types of meat. This is especially true regarding salmonella.

Raw meat diets present a risk of an unbalanced diet, adversely affecting your dog’s health. You’ll need to be prepared to dedicate a lot of time and effort to ensure that your dog’s diet is balanced and nutritious. Otherwise, it is better to stick with commercial, processed foods.

Dogs are at a higher risk of choking and other related issues if they eat cooked chicken bones, raw bones can also cause various problems. They are a choking hazard but they can also break your dog’s teeth or lead to an internal puncture.

Chicken is rich in omega-6 fatty acids and that may not be a good thing for dogs. These fatty acids can produce hormones in your dog, especially those that lead to inflammation. In short, a diet based on chicken eaten raw can lead to constant inflammation in dogs.

Benefits of Raw Chicken for Dogs

It should be noted that there are certain benefits that raw food brings to dogs. For example, your dog’s dental health can improve as he tears at raw chicken meat and crunches bones.

Additionally, raw chicken can improve your dog’s skin and coat. It can also boost your dog’s immune system and increase his energy levels. Lastly, it can affect your dog’s stools by decreasing the amount of waste he produces and by making the stools easier to pass. Some dog owners also reported an improvement in their dog’s breath.

That being said, we would still recommend feeding raw chicken to your pooch only from time to time, even if you decide to make a transition to raw dog foods.

Raw Diet for Dogs – How to Make It Work?

Before you make any dietary transition, consult your vet and make sure to make the change slowly to avoid digestive problems. If you are not careful, your dog may end up with diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that your dog needs a balanced diet. And while he can have a balanced diet by only eating raw food, he can’t get it only from raw chicken. It is important to include a variety of raw meats into his diet, as well as organs that contain nutrients and vitamins.

Additionally, certain fruits and vegetables should also be a part of his diet. Dogs can eat carrots, broccoli, various leafy greens and sweet potato. Meanwhile, fruits are high in sugar and should be only given occasionally as a snack. You may also include some eggs and supplements like fish oil or probiotics.

Keep in mind that feeding a raw diet comes with many obstacles and potential issues. For example, traveling with your dog can be challenging. In addition to your dog’s carrier and other things, you would have to bring a cooler for his raw meat or constantly buy it along the way.

But if you are certain that you can provide a balanced diet to your pooch and ready to deal with potential challenges, raw feeding may be the right choice for you and your dog.

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Feeding a dog raw chicken or any other raw meat is one of the most debated things when it comes to dog care. While dogs can eat raw chicken, it comes with many concerns. However, it also comes with certain health benefits.

Switching to a raw diet can be a good thing for your dog but it also requires a lot of time and effort to make sure that the diet is balanced. If you decide to feed your dog raw chicken, do it gradually and carefully.


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